Dog day care centers have popped up across the country and a new one will soon be opening in the Odessa-Midland region this summer.
Camp Bow Wow, a national dog day care franchise, will expand to the Permian Basin with its location at 11310 W. County Road 100 in Odessa.
The official opening date has not been set, but director Brittani Shipman is hoping they will open in late June or early July.
âThe owners love dogs and they were driving around a day and saw one elsewhere and saw it was something they wanted to look into and decided to open one here,â Shipman said.
Camp Bow Wow offers daycare, boarding, grooming and training.
âOur facility will be offering boarding, child care and grooming as a first step, and then we’re still looking for a trainer,â Shipman said. “They go to great lengths to make sure the dogs are super clean and they also work with rescues which is important to me because I work with rescues.”
Shipman has worked with dogs for a long time, working with Permian Basin Animal Advocates and Fix West Texas.
âRescue is near and dear to my heart,â Shipman said. âWhenever the owners asked me to take the job they said I was allowed to keep the foster dog at Camp Bow Wow so we could advertise finding him a home and collecting funds for it. It’s great that they let me tie the two together.
The daycare is convenient for families with dogs who are traveling on vacation and cannot bring their furry friends, to work most of the day, or in any other similar situation.
âSometimes people come to visit their families from out of town and they don’t want to have the dog with someone else while they are away,â Shipman said. “I got a call from a lady who told me that they were moving their daughter here and they didn’t want the dog in the house while they were moving, so they want to have her here.”
Shipman says this comes in handy for dog owners who have high energy or who live in apartments.
âThey feel bad about leaving their dogs in a kennel all day,â Shipman said. “They can bring them here so they can play all day.”
Camp Bow Wow in Odessa will have eight playing fields, four indoors and four outdoors, with a unique flushing system.
âYou step on a thing and it flushes out urine and feces,â Shipman said. âThen we’ll have play equipment for them and indoors too, so if it’s hot, we can change them. “
They will keep small puppies separate from larger dogs.
âThat’s why we have so many play parks because we’ve broken them down based on their size,â Shipman said. âWhen the owner brings the dogs, we have a maintenance process that they go through. We get their temperaments and the things they don’t like and some things they like and we get to know all of the dogs and figure out who looks best together.
The camp is still in the process of hiring people, but all certified camp counselors are extensively trained in canine behavior, pet first aid, and CPR.
Each dog must pass a socialization interview, be spayed or neutered and be up to date with their vaccinations.
âThere is a process,â Shipman said. âWe introduce them to one dog at a time and see how they interact with other dogs and after doing the process of introducing them to one we introduce them to two and then you take them off the leash and let them roam and roam. they do well with this part, we present them to the playground so that it’s all separate because you don’t want to overwhelm them. After that we call the owner and see if he wants to leave them here all day or recover them after three hours.
In addition, the facilities are monitored 24/7 and live webcams are used so owners can monitor their dog from anywhere using a computer or mobile device. .
Shipman has been working with Camp Bow Wow since last October in preparation for the opening, with the building being built from the ground up during this time.
Darrel Farris is co-owner of Camp Bow Wow in Odessa with his wife Tonjua Farris.
âIt’s been a long process because we built the building from scratch,â Shipman said. âMost of the Camp Bow Wows are already installed in an existing facility. But the owner was like “we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it our way” so he started from scratch and did what he wanted and it took a long time because Camp Bow Wow had to approve the plans and the city had to approve the plans and he’s very picky about how everything should be because he wants it to be perfect for everyone.
The new facility opened in December and with COVID and the February ice storm, construction was delayed by almost a month.
âBetween COVID and the ice storm, we’re about three to four weeks behind, but we’re doing the best we can with what we have,â said Darrel Farris.
The February storm left them short of workers for a week due to conditions.
âPeople couldn’t work that week because it was too cold,â Farris said. âNo heating or anything inside. Then they had other things at home to take care of.
However, with the weather now cooperating, construction crews have since been able to revert to a regular schedule and are currently working to get it ready by the middle of this summer.
Meanwhile, Shipman has been busy letting people around the world know about their openness, leveraging partnerships and advertisements.
âWe posted a lot on social media, trying to make everyone aware of the situation and going to events like Midland Farmers Market and we met a lot of people there,â Shipman said. âNext week we’re going to Bark in the Park at the RockHounds and we’re a partner with them for that. We’re going to have rescues there. We will be at the Big Swing Golf Tournament so we went out into the community and let everyone know that we are coming. Everyone was excited.